Powers Great American Midways will return in 2010

The Vertigo swing tower made its debut at the 2009 State Fair.

The Vertigo swing tower made its debut at the 2009 State Fair.

If you’ve grown accustomed to the rides and games at the N.C. State Fair, you’ll be happy to know that the company operating the midway will return again next year.

State Fair organizers have signed a contract with Powers Great American Midways to operate the carnival rides and games at the 2010 State Fair. Under the contract, Powers will pay the State Fair a fee based on the number of people who buy admission tickets to the Fair.

That financial arrangement has been good for the State Fair, which does not receive any taxpayer dollars to cover operations. Powers paid the 2009 State Fair more than $3.4 million.

Powers has operated the carnival at the State Fair since 2006. The company has introduced several new rides over the years, including the Vertigo, Vortex and Drag Strip. Powers’ performance history and the financial benefit to the State Fair were factors in the decision to sign a contract with the company for next year, says State Fair Manager Wesley Wyatt.

The 2010 State Fair is scheduled for Oct. 14-24.

About Flying Bob

Most folks know me as Brian Long, but when it comes to the State Fair blog, I'm Flying Bob. Why Flying Bob? It's one of my favorite carnival rides. Plus, once the fair kicks off, I feel like I'm flying in circles at high speed. (All that's missing is a ride attendant shouting, "Do you wanna go fasterrrrr!") Here at the State Fair Press Office, it's our job to give you as much information about this massive event as possible. That's one of the reasons I enjoy contributing to this blog. I hope you'll enjoy reading it.


  1. Dang it… great, more over-priced rides and crappy games 🙁

  2. Good to hear! I hope you have some great entertainment again too! Like ANOOP DESAI!! His show was AMAZING!!

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